Community Recycling Center kicks off PET thermoform recycling program

ST. MARYS - The Elk County Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, officially kicked off their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoform plastic recycling program on Wednesday, holding an open house to educate residents about PET thermoforms as well as other materials that are able to be recycled through the facility. According to Community Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, PET thermoform plastic is something that "just about everybody runs into." "It's a clear container mostly, and they are clamshell containers. They have a #1 and the chasing arrow symbol on them," Titchner said. The Community Recycling Center is part of a national pilot project to encourage PET thermoform recycling, particularly in rural areas. Also on hand at the center on Wednesday afternoon was Wayne Bowen, Recycling Program Manager for Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is affiliated with Penn State University's Harrisburg campus. While the center now accepts #1 and #2 plastic bottles, PET thermoforms, and #5 plastic containers, there are still certain types of plastic that cannot be accepted, such as #2 tubs and some vinyl products.